Love Conquers All necklace

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A sterling silver pendant necklace with the Latin inscription amor vincit omnia: 'love conquers all' on the front and the back.

The Latin phrase amor vincit omnia translates as 'love conquers all', a motto known to all students of English literature as the one engraved on the brooch worn by the Prioress in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. This necklace has been adapted from the engraving and style of a gold posy ring, dating to the late 16th or early 17th centuries, that is now in the collection of the British Museum.

Inscribed rings are found as early as classical times when the inscriptions were usually dedicatory. Poesy rings reached their greatest popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries in England and France when they were used as a lover's token, a wedding ring or simply as a means of showing regard or giving a gift. Their popularity in Elizabethan England is attested to by their frequent mention in Shakespeare's plays.

See all posy rings in the British Museum's collection.

  • Product Code: CMCN413230
  • Gift: For her
  • Exhibition: Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Material: Sterling Silver
  • Illustrations: Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Details: Inscriptions on front and back of pendant.
  • Weight: 0.08 Kg

A sterling silver pendant necklace with the Latin inscription amor vincit omnia: 'love conquers all' on the front and the back.

The Latin phrase amor vincit omnia translates as 'love conquers all', a motto known to all students of English literature as the one engraved on the brooch worn by the Prioress in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. This necklace has been adapted from the engraving and style of a gold posy ring, dating to the late 16th or early 17th centuries, that is now in the collection of the British Museum.

Inscribed rings are found as early as classical times when the inscriptions were usually dedicatory. Poesy rings reached their greatest popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries in England and France when they were used as a lover's token, a wedding ring or simply as a means of showing regard or giving a gift. Their popularity in Elizabethan England is attested to by their frequent mention in Shakespeare's plays.

See all posy rings in the British Museum's collection.

  • Product Code: CMCN413230
  • Weight: 0.08 Kg